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Rhetoric about international intervention is an excuse for risking nothing, while Palestinians risk their lives

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The international community is quite happy to keep up the narrative of the "barren land" until Israel's colonial violence escalates to attract global attraction and condemnation. When this happens, the UN rediscovers the existence of the colonised Palestinian population, albeit while feigning ignorance about its own role in maintaining the colonial state and settler violence. If we depart from the premise that the UN exists to fail in its mandate to protect human rights, then its political stance is to be both expected and abhorred.

When the Palestinian Authority emulates a similar stance in terms of recognising the perils that the people of occupied Palestine face when it makes news headlines, it is horrific.

"Storming Al-Aqsa Mosque is a crime committed by the occupation," tweeted the PA's Civil Affairs Minister, Hussein Al-Sheikh. "The Palestinian leadership is examining all options to respond to this heinous aggression against the holy sites and the citizens." Wafa news agency, which is the PA's media arm, ran the brief news report akin to an........

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